• District energy is set to underpin the UK’s green revolution to completely transform how heat is generated and delivered.

    At present, there are over 14,000 heat networks in the UK, providing heating and hot water to around 480,000 consumers.

    The Climate Change Committee advises that heat networks are a cost-effective decarbonisation pathway and that in order to cut carbon emissions the UK will need to move from 2% of heat supplied through heat networks in 2020 to 18% by 2050, the date by which the UK must meet its legally-binding target on climate change.

    Bevan Brittan experience

    Bevan Brittan has market leading expertise in the UK district energy sector. We have advised on some of the major district energy projects that have completed to date in in the UK, as well as a number of the new wave of heat network deals which have recently been launched - from significant area wide decentralised energy networks to projects forming part of major residential/regeneration developments.

    The team comprises genuine leaders in their field. Its energy practice in particular is market leading. Individuals within the team go the extra mile to really ingratiate themselves within our business team and working with them is good fun.

    Legal 500, 2023

    Our team have a 360 degree experience of advising all the parties (both public and private) that may be involved with a heat

    network project including advising:

    • on the creation of the District Energy Procurement Agency – a procurement framework which provides an opportunity for European suppliers to enter the UK district energy market
    • international ESCO contractors on delivering UK district energy projects on both public and private sector transactions
    • international property developers on the Design and Build (D&B) arrangements for heat network Pipe installations
    • on the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) arrangements for heat network projects
    • European funders on the UK procurement framework options for the delivery of combined heat and power (CHP) and related infrastructure
    • on the commercial supply arrangements for heat network infrastructure, including Pipes, Pumps, HIUs and related assets
  • How we can help

    Our team of experienced district energy lawyers can help you with:

    • understanding the UK local authority market, including delivery structures and commercial models
    • understanding the application of EU Directives in the UK, including the Utilities, Procurement and Concessions Regulations
    • protecting your Intellectual Property rights and trademarks
    • commercial Supply arrangements
    • company registration, regulation and compliance
    • forming joint venture arrangements with UK companies
    • construction and development risks associated with the installation of pipes and related energy infrastructure.
  • How we can help

    Heat Network Examples

    Some examples of our relevant experience include:

    • Single site community heat schemes
    • Area wide decentralised energy networks
    • Heat networks forming part of residential,

    mixed use or regeneration projects

    • ECO based heat network projects
    • RHI based heat network projects
    • Heat network extensions
    • Commercial & Industrial

    decentralised energy projects

    • Commercial & Industrial Heat Grids
    • Creation of ESCOs, MUSCOs and HEATCOs

    CHP and Energy Centres

    We have been involved with this sector over the last 15 years. Our initial projects focused on the hospital CHP sector. In addition to NHS projects we advise a number of contractors, funders, technology providers as well as other public sector organisations on CHP and Energy Centre projects.

    Our team have advised on CHP and Energy Centre installations including:

    • co-generation (electricity and heat), and tri-generation (electricity, heat and cooling)
    • technologies - gas, biomass, coal mine methane, geothermal and energy from waste
    • major housing, regeneration or mixed use developments

    Electricity and Energy

    We have advised on a number of related Energy areas including:

    • Private wire networks
    • Power Purchase Agreements
    • Energy management and efficiency projects
    • Energy efficient boilers, chillers and infrastructure
    • Energy (electricity, heat, steam, power) supply arrangements

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